\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
crushed; crushing; crushes

Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to squeeze or force by pressure so as to alter or destroy structure crush grapes
b : to squeeze together into a mass She crushed her clothes into a bag.
2 : to reduce to particles by pounding or grinding crush rock
3a : to subdue completely The rebellion was crushed.
b : to cause overwhelming emotional pain to (someone) Her insults crushed him.
c : to oppress or burden grievously crushed by debt
d : to suppress or overwhelm as if by pressure or weight
4 : crowd, push were crushed into the elevator
5 : hug, embrace She crushed her child to her breast.
6 archaic : drink

intransitive verb

1 : to advance with or as if with crushing The crowd crushed ruthlessly toward the exit.
2 : to become crushed The stewed tomatoes crush easily.
3 obsolete : crash
4 informal : to experience an intense and usually passing infatuation : to have a crush on someone usually used with on She's been crushing on him all summer.Turns out Fat Monica was motivated to lose all the weight after she overhead Chandler (whom she was crushing on) tell Ross: "I don't want to be stuck here all night with your fat sister."Entertainment Weekly



Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an intense and usually passing infatuation have a crush on someone also : the object of infatuation
2a : crowd, mob especially : a crowd of people pressing against one another
b : a crowding together (as of people)
3 : an act of crushing
4 : the quantity of material crushed

Other Words from crush


crushable \ ˈkrə-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce crush (audio) \ adjective
crusher noun
crushingly adverb


crushproof \ ˈkrəsh-​ˌprüf How to pronounce crush (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crush

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together. a crowd gathered throng and horde suggest movement and pushing. a throng of reporters a horde of shoppers crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort. a crush of fans mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence. an angry mob

Examples of crush in a Sentence

Verb Unfortunately some of the flowers got crushed when we were moving them. The bicycle was crushed under the truck's tires. The machine crushes the cans so that they can be stored until they are recycled. Her arm was crushed in the accident. Crush the nuts and sprinkle them on top of the cake. The rocks were crushed into dust. Noun Yesterday I saw my old high school crush for the first time in five years. The crush in the train station is at its worst during the afternoon rush hour. Outside the hotel stood a crush of reporters waiting for her arrival. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Economists say that while refiners may see some temporary benefits, they’re squeezed by the same forces that crush retail profit margins. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Still, almost all of the EU has refrained from an outright ban on Russian oil and natural gas that would likely crush the Russian economy. Aamer Madhani, Josh Boak, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 Junta forces seeking to crush opposition have killed more than 1,300 people, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group. NBC News, 10 Dec. 2021 So with the tweezers, apply steady and even pressure, but not too hard being careful not to crush it. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2022 The crown jewel of Ole Miss football's 2021 recruiting class doesn't just crush quarterbacks. Nick Suss, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2022 Then fold in butter, followed by ¾ cup raspberries, taking care not to crush berries. Beth Segal, cleveland, 15 Jan. 2022 Coaches are wired to push and develop players, not crush their dreams. Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 Vaccination, even if readily available, won't crush the curve for months in places where there is explosive spread now. Dr. Tom Frieden, CNN, 16 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ayesha Harris plays Britt, another graphic designer who has a long-time crush on a colleague, leading to them matching and beginning a relationship that gets serious in more ways than one. Sasha Urban, Variety, 30 June 2022 Staples developed a crush on Sam Cooke, who lived nearby, and routinely encountered the stars of the gospel world, including her role model, Mahalia Jackson. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 Rowan Blanchard stars as high schooler Paige, an aspiring artist and out lesbian with a massive crush on the beautiful and popular Gabby Campos (Isabella Ferreira). Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 June 2022 The titular 12-year-old Sunny has heart surgery, grieves her mother and develops a crush on another girl. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 16 June 2022 Marcia lives alone and has a painful crush on her surgeon, to the point of trailing him around London, hoping for a glimpse of him. Sara Paretsky, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Given her long-time love of Outlander (and her crush on Sam), maybe this meet-cute could be the start of something more? Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 10 June 2022 It’s about her early 1990s crush on former Vice President Al Gore, and how her plan to stalk him at a climate change summit in Istanbul, Turkey, was foiled by street protests and an unexpected love affair with her Turkish guide. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2022 Despite Franklin having a new love in his life, there’s no denying his childhood crush, Melody Wright, is a fan favorite. Brande Victorian, Essence, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crush


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for crush

Verb and Noun

Middle English crusshen, from Anglo-French croissir, croistre, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Low German krossen to crush

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\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
crushed; crushing

Kids Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to squeeze together so as to change or destroy the natural shape or condition We crush grapes for their juice.
2 : to break into fine pieces by pressure The machine crushes stone.
3 : overwhelm sense 1 crush an enemy
4 : to defeat in spirit The injury crushed her hopes of winning.



Kids Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tightly packed crowd He got caught in the crush of holiday shoppers.
2 : a foolish or very strong liking : infatuation Libby has a crush on a lifeguard named Freddie.— Judy Blume, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

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